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Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by jidestroud(m): 9:29am On Apr 15, 2017
Hi all,
After much reviews and 2 years of researching; from blogs, youtube videos, publications in journals, and farm visitations etc. I intend to start my very own garden (vegetable garden) from scratch. So much has been said about agricultural revolution in Nigeria and under the present administration, so I intend finding out how profitable it would be.
Please I welcome you all to my World. Let's explore together.

*Note: Help from experienced vegetable farmers would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by anelen(m): 9:31am On Apr 15, 2017
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Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by jidestroud(m): 9:41am On Apr 15, 2017
Day One (Requirements for my proposed farm garden)

* Quarter plot of land (Just behind my house)
* Compost manure (which I developed myself from cleared grasses/weeds over the months)
* Nylon bags (for Nursing my seeds) about N500 worth.
*Shovel and a Hoe (already had one before now, so I can't give the price)
* 3pods of Ugwu seeds (N2000 for the 3). Got about N180 seeds in total.
* Hybrid Tomato seeds (N100)
* Green leaf seeds (N100)
* Urea fertilizer (N400)
* Disposed plastic coke bottles (I have been picking and storing this over the months. Finally came in handy)

In total. I will be starting up my farm with just N4500 ONLY. Everybody can afford that...lol

Uploading the Pictures in A Bit.

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Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by jidestroud(m): 10:12am On Apr 15, 2017
Pictures

1. Quarter Plot to be used.
2. Compost soil site.
3. Ugwu seeds Portion (Drying it out for 24hrs)
4. Tomato and Green-leaf seeds.
5. Urea fertilizer
6. Plastic coke bottles

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Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by jidestroud(m): 10:13am On Apr 15, 2017
cont...

Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by rifasenate11(m): 10:14am On Apr 15, 2017
It's not "ugwu", it's "ugu"

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Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by jidestroud(m): 10:26am On Apr 15, 2017
rifasenate11:
It's not "ugwu", it's "ugu"

it is either called spelt "Ugu" by the Igbo(s) or "Ugwu" by the Yoruba(s). Either one, they are both correct. Thanks all the same.

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Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by jidestroud(m): 10:40am On Apr 15, 2017
Step 2. Day One.

I filled each nylon bags with the already mixed compost soil.
Same goes for my cut coke used plastic bottles. (These, i will be using to nurse my tomato seeds.
And also, not forgetting my green-leaf vegetable seed, which i will be nursing in a plastic bowl.

The black Nylon bags would be used to nurse the Ugwu (Ugu) seeds because of the root nature of the pumpkin plants.

Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by rifasenate11(m): 10:53am On Apr 15, 2017
jidestroud:


it is either called spelt "Ugu" by the Igbo(s) or "Ugwu" by the Yoruba(s). Either one, they are both correct. Thanks all the same.

ok bro.. I didn't know. thanks for information

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Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by Pavore9: 2:39pm On Apr 15, 2017
jidestroud:


it is either called spelt "Ugu" by the Igbo(s) or "Ugwu" by the Yoruba(s). Either one, they are both correct. Thanks all the same.

Ugu is the right local common name for the fluted pumpkin, the Yorubas mispronounce it due to accent. Ugwu means hill.

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Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by jidestroud(m): 4:05pm On Apr 15, 2017
Pavore9:


Ugu is the right local common name for the fluted pumpkin, the Yorubas mispronounce it due to accent. Ugwu means hill.

Thanks for the info. I guess I will stick to the fluted pumpkin afterall.

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Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by jidestroud(m): 7:23pm On Apr 15, 2017
Okay, I finally did the planting of the fluted pumpkin seeds this evening. 180 in total.
Also, planted the tomato seeds (2 seeds per cut coke plastic bottles). And for the Lagos spinach, well, I simply dispersed in on the soil and covered it with soil.

From here henceforth, it waiting period.

7 - 10 days for the fluted pumpkin.
5 - 7 days for the tomato
2 - 3 days for the soko (Lagos Spinach)

I certainly hope everything turns out well.

Would be back if I notice any life growing from mother earth (The soil). Can't wait. I am so excited.

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Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by Fish4wealth: 8:36pm On Apr 15, 2017
Weldone and welcome on board....its interesting seeing new farmers...its a bold step in the right direction....now you can confirm through your personal experience all you have read. I wish you the very best and would be willing to assist in any capacity possible. Best of luck.

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Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by princenomics: 8:52pm On Apr 15, 2017
I wish you a bumper and successful farming season.

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Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by jidestroud(m): 8:56pm On Apr 15, 2017
Fish4wealth:
Weldone and welcome on board....its interesting seeing new farmers...its a bold step in the right direction....now you can confirm through your personal experience all you have read. I wish you the very best and would be willing to assist in any capacity possible. Best of luck.

Wow...means a lot to me. I wouldn't hesitate to seek advice from you. Really appreciated.

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Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by jidestroud(m): 8:59pm On Apr 15, 2017
princenomics:
I wish you a bumper and successful farming season.

Amen!!! Though it's more at the experimental stage at the moment. I intend moving to a bigger land (about an acre) if things go well as planned though.
Thanks all the same.

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Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by frisky2good(m): 9:19pm On Apr 15, 2017
Have you seen the thread on how to get 4 plants from 1 ugu seed?

jidestroud:


Amen!!! Though it's more at the experimental stage at the moment. I intend moving to a bigger land (about an acre) if things go well as planned though.
Thanks all the same.
Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by jidestroud(m): 9:32pm On Apr 15, 2017
frisky2good:
Have you seen the thread on how to get 4 plants from 1 ugu seed?

Really? Please share the link.
Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by frisky2good(m): 9:55pm On Apr 15, 2017
https://www.nairaland.com/3706782/how-get-four-ugu-plants
Remember to thank the OP for sharing the secret. smiley

jidestroud:

Really? Please share the link.

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Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by jidestroud(m): 10:08pm On Apr 15, 2017
frisky2good:
https://www.nairaland.com/3706782/how-get-four-ugu-plants
Remember to thank the OP for sharing the secret. smiley

Wow! Beautiful. I'll give it a trail ASAP. Though, I have a couple of questions to ask.
Thanks once again.
Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by jidestroud(m): 11:34am On Apr 17, 2017
Day 3

This marks the 3rd day, and WoW!!! I really can't believe my eyes. Both the tomato and the Lagos spinach and emerged from the ground. That was pretty fast. At least for the green leaf vegetable, early sprouting was expected but no the tomato seeds. Did i forget to mention i actually soaked the seeds in warm water over night before planting. No changes in the Pumpkin bags, that's expected 7 - 10days.

Things gets interesting from here on.

1. Lagos spinach seedling
2. Tomato seedling in cut plastic bottles
3. Sprouting tomato seedling

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Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by jidestroud(m): 11:40am On Apr 17, 2017
Tomato seedlings:
The seeds will need a sunlight with at least 4 hours of direct sun each day, but preferably more. Also: the warmer it is, the faster tomato seeds will germinate so i will be exposing them to sunlight henceforth.

Lagos spinach: I guess they will pretty much enjoy the exposure too. While we wait for the pumpkin seeds to emerge soonest in a week time.

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Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by damilareadeniyi: 10:56pm On Apr 18, 2017
For optimum yield, apply Epsom salt to your vegetables (ugwu, tomato, pepper and so on) after transplanting, during flowering and fruiting.

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Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by k22olainc(m): 9:30am On Apr 19, 2017
Do you mean u soaked all the seeds u planted in warm water overnight?
Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by Adeoye007(m): 12:28pm On Apr 19, 2017
You are welcome to the world of agriculture, the occupation of our forefathers. More power to your elbow

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Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by jidestroud(m): 1:36pm On Apr 19, 2017
k22olainc:
Do you mean u soaked all the seeds u planted in warm water overnight?
Yes, that was exactly what I did to the tomato (2hrs for the tomato seeds) and soko (lagos spinach was soaked all night). Then I planted in the morning of the next day. For the fluted pumpkin, I sun-dried for 24hrs before planted though.

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Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by jidestroud(m): 1:41pm On Apr 19, 2017
damilareadeniyi:
For optimum yield, apply Epsom salt to your vegetables (ugwu, tomato, pepper and so on) after transplanting, during flowering and fruiting.
Epsom salt? There's still no concrete evidence or rather scientific proof that it works. I could be wrong but I would rather stick to organic farming for now until I can be convinced beyond reasonable doubts that it works.

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Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by jidestroud(m): 1:56pm On Apr 19, 2017
frisky2good:
https://www.nairaland.com/3706782/how-get-four-ugu-plants
Remember to thank the OP for sharing the secret. smiley

Today I'm going to be trying this out. I'v got about 20 extra fluted pumpkin seeds to see if I would be getting 80 seedling from it. But there's going to be a twist to it. I am going to be using grass (dried grass) in place of sawdust in the sack.
Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by frisky2good(m): 2:33pm On Apr 19, 2017
jidestroud:

Today I'm going to be trying this out. I'v got about 20 extra fluted pumpkin seeds to see if I would be getting 80 seedling from it. But there's going to be a twist to it. I am going to be using grass (dried grass) in place of sawdust in the sack.

Please remember to share pictures.

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Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by Pavore9: 4:34pm On Apr 19, 2017
jidestroud:

Yes, that was exactly what I did to the tomato (2hrs for the tomato seeds) and soko (lagos spinach was soaked all night). Then I planted in the morning of the next day. For the fluted pumpkin, I sun-dried for 24hrs before planted though.


Growing up in Lagos we consumed shoko but back in our village in the East, the locals grew it as flowers that dot the front of their houses and were always trimming them! grin
Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by jidestroud(m): 8:00pm On Apr 21, 2017
Day 5. (Discarding my urea fertilizer)

There isn't much activities on my proposed garden for now. Still waiting for my plants to add more leaves (tomato and lagos spinach seedling)

I need more compost (made from my chicken manure for a 9months). This would be needed to grow my tomato seeds in bags.

NOTE: Compost soil: Organic fertilizer (Not same as fresh chicken manure). This was achieved through the use of digging a hole and pouring my chicken manure into it, leaves and cut grasses where also added. Then covered with a black nylon. I did poured water into the soil weekly and cover back up. This process was continued for a duration of 9-10months. And voila...this is the end product.

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Re: Starting Up My Vegetable Farm Garden From Scratch (ugwu, Tomato, Green-leaf) by jidestroud(m): 2:35pm On Apr 22, 2017
Pictures from Composite site.

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